Saturday, August 11, 2018
Rising five-year-old greyhound Allen Jersey broke a long run of outs at Friday’s rain-affected Tara Raceway time-graded meeting and in doing so wrapped up a big week for Meningie trainer Tim Richards.
Richards, who landed a double at Angle Park on the Monday night with Game Face and Sketchy Gun, was chasing his first Tara Raceway winner since Allen Paul had been successful in December last year, the well-fancied Allen Jersey lining-up from box four in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 metres).
By Turanza Bale out of Ucme Typhoon, and a half-brother to the now-retired champion stayer Fanta Bale, Allen Jersey chased Ace Gone Wild for much of Friday’s race, in the end grabbing a head decision in 30.79 seconds.
Richards and Sheree Hayes took over the ownership of the brindle dog close to two years ago after he had won eight races on Victorian city and provincial tracks – the brother and sister team winning a further five races at Angle Park prior to last Friday’s success at his 111th start.
All told, this had been Allen Jersey’s 14th win but his first in 18 months, Richards telling of his battle to keep him on the track after the dog had been struck down with career-threatening injuries.
“To be honest, I’m amazed that he’s still going around, let alone winning. Not long after his last win at Angle Park he broke a toe and then later dropped a back leg muscle which generally spells an end to a dog’s racing career.
“These days it’s a constant battle to keep him sound but it goes without saying that I couldn’t be prouder of his effort today when he ran down the leader to finally win another race in what were pretty ordinary conditions for all competitors.”
Now that Thursday racing at Tara Raceway has concluded, the time-graded meetings will revert to alternate Fridays and complement the weekly Sunday fixtures. The next time-graded meeting will be on August 24.